I don't think it is proper protocol for a civilian to salute. But by all means, show proper respect for their service.Always remember to give a salute to any member of the armed forces who are on the sharp end of combat,
They deserve it, even more so to those who return from it.
Good info. But how many of us veterans would actually read the authorization language? Lol.The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un- uniformed service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.
Saluting soldiers is not a recommended way to honor current or former members of the Armed Forces. Even members of the Armed Forces do not salute when out of uniform. A salute is part of the official protocols that active soldiers follow. Outside official duties, the military salute is rarely displayed.
If a veteran & under cover (with a hat on-military/veteran-authorized-authorized-style or not) he can render the military salute with no problem of "violating" current accepted or lawful protocols. If he's a member of the VFW/American Legion/American Veterans Association/etc. and under cover with authorized head gear he is required to render the military salute (hand over heart optional with removal of head gear) at the passing of the colors, presentation of the colors (e.g flag rasing, lowering to half staff, etc), Retiring of the colors (including during the playing of Taps at a funeral, etc), or the playing of bugle calls that denote such, presentation of the Medal Of Honor (including being worn) by or for the recipient and the playing of the U.S. National Anthem.My father, 80, salutes during the playing of the national anthem.